Variations of reported outcomes in randomised controlled trials for the surgical treatment of female stress urinary incontinence
Stergios Doumouchtsis, James Duffy
Stergios Doumouchtsis, James Duffy. Variations of reported outcomes in randomised controlled trials for the surgical treatment of female stress urinary incontinence.
PROSPERO 2017 CRD42017062237 Available from:
The aim is to review the outcomes and outcome measures reported in randomized controlled trials and their relationship with methodological quality, year of publication, commercial funding, and journal impact factor.
(1) Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL)
(3) MEDLINE from inception to April 2017.
Human subjects only
Types of study to be included
Randomised controlled trials
Condition or domain being studied
Stress urinary incontinence
Surgical treatments for stress incontinence
Different forms of surgical intervention
Review of reported outcomes
Change of severity of incontinence, quality of life parameters etc
Relationship of outcomes and outcome measures with methodological quality, year of publication, commercial funding, and journal impact factor.
Data extraction (selection and coding)
Risk of bias (quality) assessment
Methodological quality: Jadad score; range, 1-5
Strategy for data synthesis
We will use univariate and bivariate analyses with Spearman Rh and Mann-Whitney U tests.
Analysis of subgroups or subsets
We will use a multivariate linear regression model to assess relationship associations between outcome reporting quality and other variables.
Contact details for further information
Organisational affiliation of the review
Review team members and their organisational affiliations
Professor Stergios Doumouchtsis.
Dr James Duffy.
Anticipated or actual start date
06 April 2017
Anticipated completion date
06 October 2017
Conflicts of interest
The lead reviewer (SD) has given talks on this topic at workshops, seminars, and conferences.
The lead reviewer has received honoraria for talks (Astellas) and sponsorship for registration accommodation and travel fees for the attendance of conferences (European Speciality Pharma)
Stage of review
Subject index terms status
Subject indexing assigned by CRD
Subject index terms
Female; Humans; Pelvic Floor; Urinary Incontinence, Stress
Date of registration in PROSPERO
06 April 2017
Date of publication of this version
06 April 2017
Details of any existing review of the same topic by the same authors
Stage of review at time of this submission
Stage / Started / Completed
Preliminary searches / Yes / No
Piloting of the study selection process / No / No
Formal screening of search results against eligibility criteria / No / No
Data extraction / No / No
Risk of bias (quality) assessment / No / No
Data analysis / No / No